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Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit at Hartsville Museum

on Tuesday, 06 March 2018. Posted in News, Arts & Culture, Local News

The Hartsville Museum is excited to present the 2017 South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit opening March 1. Organized and presented by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department, this unique exhibit offers fine craft artists from across South Carolina the opportunity to exhibit their inspiring objects in the media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and three-dimensional mixed media. Each year thousands enjoy the refined talents of South Carolina fine craft artists featured in this exhibition.

This exhibit features 18 artworks from fine craft artists that participated in the annual South Carolina Palmetto Hands Juried Fine Craft Competition & Exhibition. As the state’s only fine craft competition and exhibit, objects are pre-juried and awards are determined by a different juror each year. Applicants are asked to submit works in the categories of clay, fiber, metal, wood and 3D mixed media. Cash awards are then made at the discretion of the show juror and pieces are selected for this exhibit, including the Best in Show.

The 2017 best in show prize was awarded to artist Jocelyn Chateauvert for her beautiful forms and knowledge and control of her medium. Chateauvert handmakes abaca paper and dyes with various pigments before constructing her elaborate and organic sculptural forms. Her winning piece, William Morris Reminded, showcases her approach to her pieces.

“The ritual of hand papermaking is ancient, scientific, and rhythmic. Air-drying these pieces adds the unexpected: the paper shrinks, twists, and cockles, forming three-dimensional shapes of subtle design. Stretching and shaping each surface by hand forms the piece to its final expression,” said Chateauvert.

2017 South Carolina Palmetto Hands Fine Craft Exhibit will be on display through the end of March. The exhibit is a part of a traveling exhibition program offered through the South Carolina State Museum. The Traveling Exhibitions Program gives galleries, museums, and art centers across South Carolina the opportunity to request the exhibit to tour their facilities, thus providing additional exposure for the selected artists.

For more information, visit the Hartsville Museum online at hartsvillemuseum. org or call 843-383-3005. Be sure to follow Hartsville Museum on Facebook for updates on the exhibit.